Ray Lovato Turquoise Heishi Necklace


Turquoise Heishi Necklace by Ray Lovato

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Exceptionally fine graded Sleeping Beauty turquoise Heishi Necklace Handmade by Santo Domingo Pueblo Artist, Ray Lovato.

Santa Domingo artist Ray Lovato is known for his use of natural turquoise, which is both more valuable than treated turquoise and more difficult to work with.  Born in 1946, Ray began to learn his craft by age eleven and would help his mother, Tonita Reano, drill turquoise. His father, Ike Lovato, made and sold jewelry and traveled across the region, and taught Ray his craft. As a young man, Ray enlisted in the army and did two tours of duty in Vietnam; when he came home, he struggled in construction before returning to jewelry: “Then I started to do what my father taught me, my own work. Then everything was okay.”  Ray sources his turquoise from a selection of mines, and has worked with Lone Mountain, Kingman, Orville Jack, Royston, and Sleeping Beauty turquoise. He prefers to work with small nuggets, and grinds each piece flat by hand before drilling, rounding, and polishing.

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Ray Lovato


Measures 30" Long Plus 3" of Chain

Metal / Material

Sterling Silver


Red Coral, Natural Sleeping Beauty Turquoise, Spiny Oyster Shell


Santo Domingo / Kewa

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